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Old 12-29-2006, 11:15 AM   #1
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We've resisted for so long, but I think I'm giving in. I think we've been good to where they consider TV somewhat of a treat to watch a show or a movie, but it's not so infrequent that they go bananas off the walls at the thought of it. Up to now, we've only had the TV in the living room and one in the master bedroom. Some mornings, we let the kids catch 5-10 minutes of TV in our room as we get dressed/ready; otherwise, they watch it downstairs, and normally a max of one show a day, a movie once every few days.

In the last year or so, the TV games are starting to come... a couple of those simple plug-in video games, and for Christmas, my in-laws got the kids a little karaoke machine. Getting to the back of my TV is a PITA so, I figure the time has come to get them their own. We have a good-sized finished basement where I can commandeer a corner for one. I'm planning to get a simple, maybe 20", TV/DVD combo.

I think we can still exercise control over the frequency of use. It won't be hooked to a cable, so it's not like they can turn it on and watch TV. The movies are kept upstairs, where we can dictate disbursement. The games I'll just have to see if he ends up zoning out with them too often. Any recommendations of people who've given TV's to little ones (son almost 6, daughter almost 3)?
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:18 AM   #2
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Don't. I really wish my parents hadn't. I now have a sever case of ADD I would like to blame on the TV babysitter.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:21 AM   #3
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TV FTL.
Kids don't need another TV.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:23 AM   #4
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Don't. I really wish my parents hadn't. I now have a sever case of ADD I would like to blame on the TV babysitter.
We do not plan to use this as a babysitter. However, there are activities that can be educational and developmental that require a TV. My son has the Leapster L-Max that has really great stuff that can use a TV. This is NOT so they can watch more, it's just to keep their stuff out of the living room and make it easier to hook up when we do allow them to use them.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:23 AM   #5
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the only good thing on tv:

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Old 12-29-2006, 11:25 AM   #6
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Don't do it. There's no real benefit to it.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:30 AM   #7
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Don't do it. There's no real benefit to it.
Did you read my post?

1 - they can't watch more TV programs, as it won't be hooked up.
2 - they won't watch more movies, as we'll have control over the media.
3 - they'll only play marginally more games, but I think some of them are educational, so that's not all bad.

With all that, you really think it's hands down a bad idea? If that's the case, I'm nearly willing to just throw out any monitor-connecting game, as I hate trying to get to the back of my TV or, if I leave them connected, how they're around the main living room space.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:31 AM   #8
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Dang, I thought you had no tv and were going to get one for the living room.

DON'T DO IT. Let them watch limited good stuff in the living room or special "family movie nights" snuggled in your bedroom, but don't give them their own TV. Seriously.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:32 AM   #9
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Did you read my post?

1 - they can't watch more TV programs, as it won't be hooked up.
2 - they won't watch more movies, as we'll have control over the media.
3 - they'll only play marginally more games, but I think some of them are educational, so that's not all bad.

With all that, you really think it's hands down a bad idea? If that's the case, I'm nearly willing to just throw out any monitor-connecting game, as I hate trying to get to the back of my TV or, if I leave them connected, how they're around the main living room space.
Get the dang kids a TV, it ain't gonna hurt nothing
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:35 AM   #10
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Did you read my post?

1 - they can't watch more TV programs, as it won't be hooked up.
2 - they won't watch more movies, as we'll have control over the media.
3 - they'll only play marginally more games, but I think some of them are educational, so that's not all bad.

With all that, you really think it's hands down a bad idea? If that's the case, I'm nearly willing to just throw out any monitor-connecting game, as I hate trying to get to the back of my TV or, if I leave them connected, how they're around the main living room space.
It's a slippery slope. I wouldn't start.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:41 AM   #11
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Man, seems like many people arent reading the OP. He's not setting up a tv with cable and lounge chairs in the basement and telling his kids to stay down there. It's more for his own convenience.

I think if you keep it down there for their leapster, their karaoke, and whatever games, it should be alright. It sounds like you've done a good job of keeping your kids from getting addicted to the boob tube, and I dont see how this tv will cause a problem.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:41 AM   #12
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Dang, I thought you had no tv and were going to get one for the living room.

DON'T DO IT. Let them watch limited good stuff in the living room or special "family movie nights" snuggled in your bedroom, but don't give them their own TV. Seriously.
Yep, and just get some sort of switcher box that is permanently hooked into the read inputs and easy to get to so you can hook and unhook their games easily... Or get a surround sound setup with front inputs so you can all enjoy movies better, and have the same effect...
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:44 AM   #13
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We do not plan to use this as a babysitter. However, there are activities that can be educational and developmental that require a TV. My son has the Leapster L-Max that has really great stuff that can use a TV. This is NOT so they can watch more, it's just to keep their stuff out of the living room and make it easier to hook up when we do allow them to use them.
I see your intentions and I admit there are good, but there will come an age where the ps4 and the wiii will look like a lot more fun to them then any educational game will and then what? Don't introduce them to TV gaming they will get plenty of that from friends and the occasional TV they watch now just nip in in the bud and they will thank you later. Also don't put your little kids in the basement alone
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:44 AM   #14
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I dont see the reason to be this much of a tv nazi to kids. 1 show a day max?
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:58 AM   #15
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Old 12-29-2006, 12:09 PM   #16
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I don't see the problem setting up a tv for them to use playing educational games on. My daughter loves her new V-Smile that you hook into the tv, it's also an educational game.

I can see a problem with setting up a TV that's hooked up to Cable, and allowing them to watch whatever they want. But what you're looking to do seems fine.
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Old 12-29-2006, 12:22 PM   #17
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I see your intentions and I admit there are good, but there will come an age where the ps4 and the wiii will look like a lot more fun to them then any educational game will and then what? Don't introduce them to TV gaming they will get plenty of that from friends and the occasional TV they watch now just nip in in the bud and they will thank you later. Also don't put your little kids in the basement alone
I have no problem resisting the next greatest console. My PS2 isn't even hooked up. Sure, at some point, I may hook it up for his use and/or buy him his own, but it will be a while before he has unrestricted use to a console.

Oh, and my kids are rarely in the basement all by themselves, but there are times where I believe it's good for them to interact by themselves and without parental involvement. We're never far away, though (house is small ;-))

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I dont see the reason to be this much of a tv nazi to kids. 1 show a day max?
There are days where we bend, if they're sick or weather's crappy or whatever, but we need to keep it minimal 'cuz they will just veg out given the chance.
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:32 PM   #18
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how old are your kids?if their under the age of 10, i'd say, dont do eeet.

i didnt get a tv in my room until i was 16, and i had to buy it myself....parents refused to get me a tv until i hit college, but who could blame them?
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Spoiled kids, thats more TV than I watch

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Old 12-29-2006, 05:48 PM   #20
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Sounds more like a monitor than a tv to me. Same thing I have at home. I don't even know what I would watch if I had cable..
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:52 PM   #21
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Heh. My daughter (who is 6-1/2) has had a tv in her room since she was 2. I wish she'd watch more of it. I guess it depends on the kids.
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My 2 year old gets bored after 20 minutes of Curious George. He's very picky about shows too.

TV can be very educational, he picked up a lot of words/numbers from sesame street.
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:37 PM   #24
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make sure you get them some street racing games! best lerning ive ever gots
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:06 PM   #25
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Agreed.

I <3 TV, but I wish I would have read even more when I was a kid.
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